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Old 05-29-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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WHAT year GS ???

just came home from a 700 mile dirt road ride on my Vstrom 1000.
Let's just say that it isn't a dirt bike It's so frickin top heavy I have arms like Popeye after lugging it around Nevada and Utah for a week.... It's a great street bike but not the best in the gravel and water crossings.
Knock on wood I never scratched it so it's still pretty and That baby is outta here ... I want a GS.
What I don't want is that fancy canbus computer or electric brakes...
what year bmw GS is the one to look for with the least likely amount of things that break? I dont need no stinkin cruise control but hand warmers would be nice ..

who's the GS guru that can tell me what year bike I should look for ??? Help me recover from Vstromarmpumpitis
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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I'm a long way from being a guru but the 98 R1100GS is a good model year.

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
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Pre 1200GS shouldn't have canbus I believe? Happy to stand corrected though...

Electric brakes? 1150GS and some 1200GS had servo assisted, they're a bit of a pain, but sometime during the 1200, servo dropped away, and my 2010 1200GSA doesn't have servo... they're linked and ABS.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:23 AM   #5
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I would look for a 2000 - 2002 1150. The 2003 model is the start of servo assist brakes. I have 95K trouble free miles on my 2002.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by dirtywurty View Post
What I don't want is that fancy canbus computer or electric brakes...
To help narrow your range, that criteria eliminates all R1200s (canbus) and all '03 thru '06 R1150s with ABS (servo-assist ABS during that period). Good luck with your search.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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Just buy a 2012. Embrace the canbus.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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I don't know about the other bikes, but my 04 1150 adventure is top heavy--really top heavy. It's an SUV on two wheels that passes out from time to time, but I lurve it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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Wurty my friend. Why buy a heavier, less powered and older GS to avoid the canbus? I've done over 230k miles on 12 GS's with no canbus issues. I don't see a bunch of canbus issues being talked about. I'm sure there will be at least 1 or 2 in the next 5 minutes tho. Remember our talk about retirement? Trust me.

There is a long canbus thread just below this.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:54 AM   #10
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Have you thought of changing the Vstrom's handle bars? My bud changed his to something similar to my 2010GSA's and he says it's like riding a new bike.

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Old 06-01-2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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Canbus probs

Marty- You seem to average about 20k per bike.I would think that it would generally take a few more miles for problems to show up with the canbus.You are still under warranty at that point.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:23 AM   #12
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If the VStrom1000 was too heavy for you for long dirt trails, I'm not sure you'll be happy with any of the big GS's (1100/1150/1200). I don't have any personal experience with them but you might want to test ride an 800GS or pose this same question to the folks in the Parallel GS section. I love my 1100, but a dirtbike it isn't.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #13
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Get a little GS. One of them 800's or so called 650's. I even heard the X Challenge was quite capable.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:08 AM   #14
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and that said, I wouldn't even consider trading my '07 R1200GS for one.
But if you want to meet all of the search criteria...
Then watch out for thier known issues
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:09 AM   #15
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Of all things to be leery of, Canbus isn't anywhere near the top of my list. I'd be more concerned about the FD's on the older GS's than I'd be of Canbus or ABS (or even servo brakes for that matter).
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